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As I was getting dressed this morning, I thought about  the clothes that I was wearing. A pair of black pants that I’ve had for 8 years now,  a Vaute Couture message tee and my beloved popomomo cape. And I thought, “I’m dressing in memories”. I remembered buying these pants at a women’s clothing store down the block from me and thinking at the time that they were expensive – but I knew that I would wear them all the time. Eight years later, that has certainly been proven to be true. The Vaute Couture tee is especially cherished by me.  I remembered when I first heard about this brand, my first conversation with Leanne, the first time that I met her – lovely memories. So each time that I wear it, it’s like having Leanne with me. The popomomo cape is special to me because – 1) I just absolutely love the style 2) I met the designer Lizz  at Rendezvous back  in the fall of 2010 3) Abigail Doan of ecco*eco bought the same cape when she visited my shop last fall, and so every time I wear it, it’s like having her with me.

 

The above photo was taken of me by Abigail when she visited me – on that day, I was wearing the same tee and cape as today. I wear the clothes that I love constantly.

Every time that we wear something, it absorbs more memories. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that we have such a hard time cleaning out our closets – it’s hard to part with the dress that you were wearing when you met someone who became a special part of your life. What do you do with items that no longer fit but you really cherish?

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This is a picture of a pair of vegan boots that I had custom made for me about 20 years ago – style-wise, it is certainly a far cry from the fantastic styles of Cri de Coeur, olsen Haus, Beyond Skin, Mohop (and others). They were also much more expensive. But these other designers weren’t around at that time . After wearing poorly made, plastic shoes for a few years, I ended up going to Eneslow – a shoe store in NYC that specializes in orthotics. I still love these boots – they do “fit me like a glove” and so I pulled them out of my closet the other day (after neglecting them for a few years). Don’t they look sweet with the lovely pin made by Leanne Hilgart of Vaute Couture decorating them? In case you can’t read the pin, it says “No Fur For this Girl”.  No leather either.

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For months now, I have been trying to get my thoughts together for this post. I had originally intended the title to be “The Price of Ethics”. But as time went on and I thought about what I really wanted to say about all of the products that I am going to talk about – well – it became clear that one of the things that they all share in common is that they are MADE WITH LOVE. From the absolutely perfect chocolates made by Lagusta’s Luscious to the stunning footwear created by Cri de Coeur and olsen Haus to the fabulously warm and beautiful winter coats by Vaute Couture to the gorgeous handbags by GG2G  – they are all made wth love. 

  They all share the desire to fairly compensate everyone along the way in the production of their goods. This comes at a cost. And because we as consumers have been conditioned to seek out what is cheap or a bargain, many of these companies have been scrutinized for their prices. I see it in the comments that people make on FaceBook pages or in e-mails that I get from customers asking about the pricing. In fact, Leanne (of Vaute Couture) wrote a post on her blog last year – “Why my coats aren’t cheap”. She covers every point so well that it would be ridiculous for me to paraphrase anything. If you haven’t read it, please check it out – she spells everything out so clearly:

http://onoursleeve.com/?p=1615

 What does it mean when we buy somehing that is “cheap” ? So often we hear people saying – “Oh, you should shop at xyz, their stuff is so cheap!” I decided to look the word up in a dictionary – there were numerous definitions but these 2 were of special interest to me:

“of little account; of small value; mean; shoddy: cheap conduct; cheap workmanship”

“stingy; miserly: He’s too cheap to buy his own brother a cup of coffee.”

Do we really want cheap? Do we want to spend our money on something that is made poorly or do we want to be seen as miserly?  I am really interested in what you think about this issue. This post is the intro to a series – I would love to incorporate your thoughts.

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I’m looking forward to spring now. I love fall/winter fashions but by the time that February rolls around, we all could use a little bit more sunshine. I really intend to post more often as there is a lot going on in the world of vegan fashion and animal rights.  For now, I just wanted to let everyone know (if you don’t already), that in last night’s episode of Bones, Emily Deschanel wore the Vaute Couture El coat in blue. How very exciting to see top notch vegan fashion on prime time tv. And if you haven’t already purchased your very own Vaute Couture coat, you can get some great discounts now – www.vautecouture.com.

Hooray for Leanne!

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